New foodie and craft market starting up in a Laois town

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan

New foodie and craft market starting up in a Laois town

An exciting new food and craft monthly market is starting up in a Laois town this weekend.

The Slieve Bloom Market will set up its stalls in Mountmellick, in the Macra Hall this Sunday March 3 at 11am.

The market is organised by Mountmellick chocolatier Catherine O'Callaghan, to offer locally handmade produce and crafts, with the focus on zero waste, sustainability and organic goods.

"There has been great interest in the town of Mountmellick itself so I'm hoping a good crowd will turn up on the day.  It'll be nice to see people coming to this end of town to shop locally," she said.

The first market already has a great range of Laois produce.

"We will have a ceramics, Fionnuala from "Fine Ceramics" Durrow, a basket weaver whose craft is very popular, a wonderful soap maker, some local crafters and bakers with some tasty treats and of course my chocolate stall. We also have Majella who knits all sorts of lovely creations," said Ms O'Callaghan.

She is asking for more small producers to come on board.

"We'd love to have some organic vegetables and fruit and maybe a local honey. We'd also love to have a bread maker. If anyone would like to volunteer to play some music or sing for the day we'd be delighted to have them too," she said.

The market will be held on the first Sunday of every month at the Macra Hall on Patrick Street. It will run from 11am to 3pm.

To take part email Catherine on